Full-Time Cannabis Referendum Advocacy Adviser, Māori
Join us to help us win the cannabis referendum
Kākahungia te tangata ki te aroha, kaua ki te whakawhiu
Our people need a cloak of support and care, not punishment and stigma
More than for any other group, drug law reform is a big issue for tangata whenua. Most Māori have seen the human cost of our bad drug law first-hand and it’s a sad truth that the people most harmed by the prohibition are Māori, young and male.
Do you think this is fair? We don’t. A cannabis conviction is hugely damaging. It can set a young person back for life – and for what? Not only is a criminal justice approach actively harmful but prohibition doesn’t address any of the health concerns that whānau raise with us about rangatahi using cannabis. In fact, it has made health outcomes worse by creating stigma and making it harder for those who need it to access treatment.
This needs to change. Drug law reform should be about true and enduring justice for the people who are the survivors of the war on drugs. In Aotearoa that means ensuring that Māori voices, and solutions, are at the forefront of conversations about drug law reform. That’s going to be especially important as we head towards the cannabis referendum at the 2020 election.
We are looking for a passionate and skilled campaigner to harness the power of Māori voices on this issue. You’ll have Te Reo me ona Tikanga Māori, a strong track record of successful campaigning, advocacy and coalition building, and a proven ability to build enduring and respectful, mana-enhancing relationships with diverse interests.
The Cannabis Referendum Advocacy Adviser, Māori will help us to:
• Build a movement of support for cannabis law reform amongst Māori stakeholders, including iwi and business leaders, health and social justice organisations, professional bodies, influential leaders and politicians.
• Lead the debate about why cannabis laws need to change, engaging Māori stakeholders and the wider public through savvy use of the media, public events, social media and other channels.
• Influence the development of the Bill (and later the regulations) that will inform the referendum, to benefit Māori and help redress the harms caused by prohibition.
• Win the referendum, mobilising Māori communities and the general public to enrol and to vote yes, to support better outcomes for Māori.
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